Jaguar EV-Type: What Could It Be?
It seems that American and European markets could get a new Jaguar model, called the Jaguar EV-Type. The AutoGuide report said that Jaguar Land Rover is going to trademark the EV-Type moniker on those markets. Despite the fact that the structure of the name is common, there’s something unusual about it. Currently, the automaker uses various names, but only one moniker with the “–Type” affix. That’s the Jaguar F-Type, a performance model. But what does the EV part means?
Can EV-Type Stand For Electric Vehicle?
At first glance, everyone would say that this could be an electric vehicle. Jaguar Land Rover has a history of developing green cars. AutoGuide reminds that Jaguar Land Rover exhibited the Jaguar C-X16 concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The concept had a hybrid powertrain and it was very similar to the current Jaguar F-Type. Although the F-Type is motivated by combustion V6 and V8 engines at the moment, it could easily get a hybrid powertrain. Perhaps not the same as the concept, but it could be used as a benchmark.
Jaguar C-X16 Concept Hybrid Setup
The C-X16 concept had a V6 mill combined with an electric motor. While the engine delivers really satisfactory 375 horsepower, the electric motor contributes with its 95 horsepower for the overall power output of 470 horsepower. Since the Jag C-X16 is a car with sporty aspirations, it sprints from a standstill to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds.
Will Jaguar EV-Type Be Hybrid or Electric?
So, they know how to make a hybrid sports car. But, we don’t know whether they’re going to make a production model. In fact, we don’t know whether the Jaguar EV-Type could be a hybrid or an all-electric car. It seems more natural that a vehicle which has EV in its name comes without a combustion engine, but we have to wait and see what they want to do with the newly registered nameplate.
If they create a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid, they certainly won’t stop with the F-Type. There are other models which could get this kind of powertrain. But, if they manufacture a performance electric car, they will compete in a not-so-wide, but very serious market niche with the Tesla Model S. Brands which can meet luxury, performance and electric powertrain aren’t so common and maybe Jaguar Land Rover is trying to capitalize this with the new Jaguar EV-Type.
Photos: Jaguar Land Rover